The U.S. Air Force issued an apology after linking a Taliban attack to the viral Yanny vs. Laurel debate.
The main Air Force Twitter account posted a message Thursday morning referring to the U.S. military using A-10 jets targeting Taliban fighters in response to an attack on the Afghan city of Farah.
The tweet included a link to an Air Force Times story about the operation.
But by Thursday afternoon, the Air Force issued an apology and said the earlier tweet had been “in poor taste” and was removed.
We apologize for the earlier tweet regarding the A-10. It was made in poor taste and we are addressing it internally. It has since been removed.
— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) May 17, 2018
While the debate over the viral audio clip that says either “Yanny” or “Laurel” has taken over the internet, with even the White House getting in on the fun, many criticized the Air Force for seeming to make light of the violent attack in Afghanistan.
Don’t do this.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) May 17, 2018
Military humor is always THE BEST, isn’t it? Nice to take a break from, you know, killing people.
— tenacious b (@MamanUbu) May 17, 2018
Very unbecoming of our military.
— Andrew Bridge (@AndrewInEcuador) May 17, 2018
Afghan and American air forces launched an attack on Tuesday against Taliban insurgents who were trying to take over the city of Farah. In a show of force to warn Taliban forces, U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II jets flew overhead and MQ-9 Reaper drones conducted strikes, Military Times reported.
Afghan A-29 light-attack aircraft and Mi-17 helicopters “conducted the majority of strikes,” Army Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell told Military Times.
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, during a press conference on Thursday, said that while she had not seen the original tweet by the Air Force, Afghans are “dying to secure their own future,” and that “shouldn’t be forgotten in any of this.”
While the Air Force received plenty of backlash over the tweet that prompted the apology, many on Twitter dismissed the controversy as another politically correct liberal attack.
The tweet says “Taliban Forces” not civilians. Don’t get your panties in a bunch.
— Justin ⚽ (@JustinatHalsey) May 17, 2018
Why not? You all thought Kathy Griffin holding the severed head of the President was hilarious. Now you’re going to attack our own military over terrorists? pic.twitter.com/e6pxuRvGIM
— Paul A Marketos (@PaulAMarketos) May 17, 2018
— Evangelion Man ✡ (@TH0TP4TR0L) May 17, 2018
We live in a society where journos tell us MS-13 deserve our respect, but criticize the air force for shooting terrorists https://t.co/SZaFDLmZzU
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) May 17, 2018
Honestly I belong no where. That tweet was perfectly acceptable. I will never criticize the military for doing their job. SMH.
— Shane Smith (@dshanesmith) May 17, 2018
This is the future liberals want.
— Jason (@jasonhsv) May 17, 2018
DO. NOT. APOLOGIZE.
— Vincent Porter (@vporter15) May 17, 2018
You don’t need to apologize to us for killing terrorists.
— Chris Berthelot (@CBerthelot227) May 17, 2018
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